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Verizon operates its community relations state-by-state. To get involved in the Verizon Foundation you are required to contact your Verizon Community Relations Manager to learn how to get a required invitation. The V-website asks you to use a ZIP code locator to begin the process and to reach our local Community Relations Manager regarding Grant-Related Inquiries.

I put in 11226 and I came up with Vanessa Vives:  [email protected]

The Verizon Foundation’s primary philanthropic focus areas are: Healthcare for children, women and seniors; STEM education for K-12 youth and Energy Management.  If any of the AKNA community is part of a nonprofit 501(c)(3) and engaged in these issues reach out.  Could be one of those “six degrees of”…things

Have a look: HERE

Broadband Map

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NYC Broadband Map

A click on the map above (or HERE) will take you to a website that illustrates all of the broadband in New York City.

  • The red dot on the map illustrates 380 Ocean, the only building in our area that gets high speed (over 50 Mbps (megabits per second). It is provided by Verizon.  Click address to see more. 
  • The blue buildings (like Erasmus High School) are those where it is possible but like us at under 7 Mbps
  • The grey buildings (I put a square around AKNA) gets less than that because of how the phone lines work (or don’t work) and the map legend reads “unknown”. 

Note: The little ‘b’ is for ‘bit’. (Mbps) It is a capital ‘B’, it is for ‘Byte’ (MBps). Mb and MB are abbreviations for the smaller vs. larger data sizes. (Thanks Ian.)


The map is not fully up to date as most of Flatbush Commercial has an Optimum or FiOS line.

On the NYC Broadband Map website there is a request form for broadband.  Find your building and register to the site to request Broadband service.

Think “squeaky wheel”.

I filled out the form.  If you filled it out please comment below….

Public Funding


 NY Broadband FundingUSA Map

This link “Find Recovery” will show NYS funding for broadband for a review.

I would not disagree with any of this funding, the one where an ally might be found is in the $62.5 million for the University Corporation above.  The table above is located here: http://www2.ntia.doc.gov/new-york


FCC Stuff

The New York Times
Federal Communications Navigator

Here is a brief sample of the most recent coverage.

JUN. 3, 2015 Republicans at Senate subcommittee hearing criticize plan by Federal Communications Commission to expand Lifeline program to subsidize broadband Internet access for poor Americans; do not dispute that program could help poor, but cite financial mismanagement and fraud within current program. MORE

MAY. 28, 2015 Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler offers sweeping proposal that would subsidize poor people’s access to broadband Internet; plan, likely to set off fierce debate in Congress, would modify $1.7 billion subsidy program that ensures affordable access to advanced telecommunications services, and marks FCC’s strongest recognition yet that Internet access is essential to economic well-being. MORE

Resources from around the Web about Federal Communications Commission selected by researchers and editors of The New York Times include the following:




National Telecommunications and Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce,
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 4626,

Attn: Broadband Opportunity Council, Washington, DC 20230.

The Albemarle-Kenmore Neighbors Association is a small historic district in Brooklyn, NY 11223  (Constructed in 1916).  As we approach our centennial we are told by NYC broadband providers that we are “passed” – meaning we have some form of access to the internet.  For us, this means 3 to 7 Mbps via DSL  on very old phone lines and a few satellites.  We have wires running in a way that only a century of phone line installations can produce.  It is a form of chaos that Verizon will not respond Technicians cannot help us define our problems only describe them with an obvious sense of hopelessness.

We are a lower-middle class predominately African-American community, but we are also socially and economically diverse and care deeply about the lack good broadband and sporadic outages that occur during homework time “3pm to 10pm” almost every day. It is really that simple.

Just this month we have started a small blog to clearly document the hundreds of hours repair and trouble shooing technicians spend in our community and firmly believe when the tally is in they could have easily fixed the problem instead of managed the chaos.  If staff would like to take a look the address is “www.communitydesign.net/AKNA.

We have reviewed the public funding and do not disagree with the purposes outlined for public funds.  We, on the other hand, see no funding aimed at holding large service companies accountable for gaps in service.  We see the concept of “passed” as a cover-up and by now all of us know it is not the crime but the “cover” that causes the most damage.

Finally,  we are a patient community, we believe people do their jobs to the best of their ability and care for their fellow citizens.  The main thing the NTIA could do now is to spend some time on the development of internet policies designed to dig out the problems embedded in the glossy cover exhibited in dense urban areas.  There are many, many small places in the city that are very poorly served.   In our view all of these small failure will add-up, and not in a good way.

Thank you



An AKNA Inquiry in 2014 to Don Weber, Manager Verizon Investor Relations received the following response:

“Thank you for your e-mail.  Any pertinent information regarding Verizon’s investment in and deployment of its FiOS video and broadband services can be found in the quarterly earnings releases which can be accessed through the attached URL.  FiOS will never have a nationwide deployment because it is available only in those areas where Verizon is the local provider of landline telephone services.  The territories where FiOS can be found are areas within the mid-Atlantic states, Tampa FL, Dallas TX and Los Angeles CA.”

Have a look at the overall economic position of Verizon for ideas….See: http://www.verizon.com/investor/

Hello Neighbors

cropped-DSCN4259.jpgAre we frozen in the early 19th century?

This site was set up for AKNA members and our friends to examine the state of its 19th c. telephone and internet services and to discuss how to get these services into the 21st century.

Any idea right now is a good one.  So put in a comment or two, send in photos, make suggestions and be creative.